UPDATE: Friday, April 6, 2012
A Barton County jury has found a Great Bend man guilty on all counts in connection to a teenager's death.
It took jurors less than four hours to convict Adam Longoria of capital murder in Alicia Debolt's death. The 14-year-old's burned body was found at a Great Bend asphalt plant in August of 2010.
To convict him of capital murder, jurors had to determine Longoria committed criminal sodomy, aggravated criminal sodomy or attempted rape during the killing. He was also found guilty of burglary and vehicle theft.
Longoria will be sentenced June 8. He could face life in prison without parole.
KAKE's Deb Farris will have more reaction on the verdict coming up on KAKE News at 5 and 6.
UPDATE: Friday, April 6, 2012
Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of a man charged with killing a Great Bend teenager.
Adam Longoria is charged with capital murder in the death of Alicia Debolt. Her burned body was found at a Great Bend asphalt plant in August of 2010. Longoria worked at the plant.
In closing arguments in Barton County court Friday, prosecutor Kevin O'Conner asked jurors to find Longoria guilty.
"This case is about evidence," O'Conner said. He pointed out the testimony that showed Longoria's DNA was mixed with the teen's inside Longoria's car the night she disappeared.
"Was this an accident?" O'Conner asked. "The little girl found burned and muddy?"
O'Connor reminded jurors of the testimony showing hundreds of text messages Longoria sent to DeBolt, proving the then 36-year-old man was clearly pursing the teenager.
Defense attorney Jeff Wicks tried to put doubt in the minds of the jury. He said the evidence shows 600 text messages between DeBolt and another boy that were sexual in nature. He reminded the jury of the testimony from DeBolt's friend who said DeBolt was on the phone with her the night she disappeared telling her she was getting into a car with, not Longoria, but another man.
"Don't compound this tragedy by convicting Adam of a crime he didn't commit," Wicks said.
If Longoria is convicted of capital murder, he could face life in prison without parole.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Attorneys are preparing closing arguments in the trial of a central Kansas man accused of killing a 14-year-old cheerleader whose burned body was found at the asphalt plant where he worked.
Both sides rested Thursday in the capital murder trial of 38-year-old Great Bend resident Adam Longoria, who is charged in the August 2010 death of Alicia DeBolt. Closing arguments were expected Friday in Barton County District Court.
A conviction for capital murder would require jurors to determine whether the killing was done in connection with criminal sodomy or attempted rape.
Alicia disappeared after leaving her Great Bend home the weekend before she would have started her freshman year of high school. Her
body was found three days later.
KAKE's Deb Farris is in the courtroom today. She will have live reports on KAKE news at 11, 5 and 6. Follow her on twitter @Deb_Farris for updates.